Paper towels to wood shavings

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Mahjongg90, Mar 4, 2008.

  1. Mahjongg90

    Mahjongg90 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi everyone. New to raising chickens here, and I already have a question. Is there any specific time I should introduce my chicks to wood shaving/sawdust? I've had them for 3 days now and they are all doing great! Any advice would be greatly appriciated!Thanks in advance
    -Steven
     
  2. tx_dane_mom

    tx_dane_mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2007
    SE Texas
    I keep my guys on hay..just my personal preference...gives them a good grip & something to dig around in.
    Kristi
     
  3. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    I had mine on the paper towels over shavings till they were 6 days old. [​IMG]
     
  4. Kaneke

    Kaneke Chillin' With My Peeps

    shavings .. yeah ... sawdust, I'd say not ... too small and the chicks will pick it up and eat it .. plus they'll inhale the dust from it
     
  5. Renegade

    Renegade Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use paper towels for 3 or 4 days then switch to my regular bedding. I use alfalfa pellets as my bedding. They are normally used to feed livestock but it makes great bedding material for chicks. It is very absorbent and it doesn't matter if a chick eats it.

    Donna
     
  6. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 20, 2007
    Eastern CT
    My personal experience was that my week old chicks went nuts when I put them on shavings. I was concerned that they were eating a lot of the smaller shavings. I put them back on towels for another 4 days or so. They were a week and a half old at that point. By now I'm sure they know what is food and what is not. They still eat a few small pieces but I've observed them eating food and grit and they seem to be doing fine. I got a lot of different responses when I posted about this. I finally had to do what felt right to me. Good luck!
     
  7. schmism

    schmism Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i put mine directly on planer shaveings (low dust) 3 ish days old. We line the bottom of the bathtub with 1-2 layers of paper then the shavings.

    they will be 3 weeks old this fri. no probs
     
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  8. Mahjongg90

    Mahjongg90 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks guys, this really helped me out!
     
  9. Meesh

    Meesh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use alfalfa pellets as my bedding. They are normally used to feed livestock but it makes great bedding material for chicks.

    Hey, that's a good idea. Since I feed alfalfa pellets to my roses, I'll have chicken-poop-alfalfa-pellets, which roses will love even more! I am upgrading it to Great Idea!

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    Cheers,
    Michelle​
     
  10. ebaribault

    ebaribault Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What do you guys think about Alfalfa grass?My friend raises cows and she uses it for her chickens.
    I put some in the brooder and the poor little guys were afraid of it at first,so I sprinkled some starter crumbles in,and they all went nuts.

    Is it ok to give chicks hay or straw for bedding?

    Thank you,
    Ed
     

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